Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Piper PA-28-180, N6595J: Accident occurred September 06, 2019 at Mid-Way Regional Airport (KJWY), Midlothian/Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Midlothian, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA304
Date & Time: 09/06/2019, 1145 CDT
Registration: N6595J
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28D-180
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 9, 2019, about 1145 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28D-180, N6595J, lost engine power after takeoff from Mid-Way Regional Airport (JWY), Midlothian/Waxahachie, Texas. The pilot made a forced landing back on the runway. The student pilot was not injured, but the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the underside of the fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot's accident report, she took off on runway 18. About 400 ft, the engine lost power. She made a left turn towards the closest available field and set up for landing. As she flared for landing, the engine momentarily regained power and she climbed 100 ft, allowing her to make an immediate left turn, clear a tree line, and continue toward the runway on a westerly heading. The engine lost power again she glided to the airport at a right angle to the runway and touched down in the dirt and grass short of the east side of the runway. On touchdown, the nose gear separated, and the airplane slid across the runway and the airplane came to a stop just outside of the runway lights.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the pilot had just purchased fuel at a nearby airport and the tanks were full. Examination by an NTSB investigator revealed the throttle and mixture controls were attached, and the engine was otherwise unremarkable. Fuel drained from the carburetor bowl and gascolator was light blue in color and contained no debris or water. The electric boost pump operated normally. The fuel supply line to the engine was removed and when the left tank was selected, fuel flowed normally. When the right tank was selected, only a small amount of fuel would flow. This was the tank the pilot had selected before takeoff.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N6595J
Model/Series: PA-28D-180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Dale A. McCombs
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: JWY, 727 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Midlothian/Waxa, TX (JWY)
Destination: Midlothian/Waxa, TX (JWY) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.463889, -96.920833 (est)

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